Which Next-Gen Console Will Be Best For Role-Playing Fans?
Back in the original PlayStation days, this was a stupid question. Of course the PS2 would be the best system for role-playing fans. I mean...duh.
And of course, that turned out to be true. It could also be argued that the PS3 is the best current platform for RPG fanatics, but that only seems to ring true for fans of the niche JRPG sub-genre. Most big-name RPG titles are multiplatform these days, anyway, right?
But looking forward to the next generation, which of the three consoles will be best for those who claim to be die-hard fans of the role-playing game? If so many of them are multiplatform, maybe you just want the the console that does multiplatform projects best; at the start of this generation, that was the Xbox 360. On the other hand, if you're a big JRPG fanatic, you probably can't count on Microsoft's new console to assist; they tried Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon (partly to see if they could gain some traction in Japan) and that just didn't work.
Then there's the Wii U, which I suppose you could count as a "next-gen console." Maybe that will have some RPGs...although perhaps not the more mature RPGs some fans want, like The Elder Scrolls or Fallout or something. Still, it might become a haven for companies like Gust or Level-5, depending on what they think of the PS4. Lastly, maybe we should consider the Vita. The PSP was great for RPG fans - especially the old-school dudes - and although the new handheld seems to be headed in a different direction (bite-size versions of huge-budget projects), it could still happen. RPGs could end up being big on the Vita.
What say you?
12/5/2012 12:03:55 AM Ben Dutka